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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Dec 11, 2006 4:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Burning

Just installed a Plextor 760A dvd burner in my Dell 2400. I know hardware issues don't come up much, but with everyone facing the need to archive all this good stuff....
Got the burner at
It has clear installation instructions. Took the side off the computer, also had to remove front, which is all plastic and needs to be handled gently. Replaced the ribbon cable in the box with the one from Plextor and also had to move the cd burner to a new bay.
I found this site helpful:
Anyhow, burned eight shn shows to two dvd+R discs very, very quickly.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Dec 11, 2006 6:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Burning

I have been using the stock burner in my Dell, and am not too happy with it, I'm on my second one. Does this have any other advantages besides speed? How did you decide on this brand?

I also have read about people getting "audio grade" ribbon cables for the connection to the computer. Did you consider this?

Thanks, I need to get into some decent computer gear!

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Dec 12, 2006 4:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Burning

When you look at the generation history of shows, often the burning drive mentioned is a Plextor. I chose it also because it is marketed at Newegg and others as a retail package, with software and cable. OEM drives are bare bones, cheaper,but reccomended as better for experts. Finally, I love a deal and it was on sale with two rebates/discounts and free shipping.
As to audio quality ribbon cable...the Plextor and others require an 80 conductor cable. My Dell had a 40, so I replaced it with the one in the Plextor package. Cables can also support 'cable select' which is one of the jumper choices on the drive. This is discussed in the article on CNET.
Software....the OEM drives come without and I did't have any DVD burning software. The Plextor bundle included:
Plex Tools Professional
Roxio 7 Basic DVD Edition
Sonic CinePlayer
The install was relatively easy. The fricking plastic front on the computer was the major obstacle. At first, my computer didn't recognize the old CD burner, but after a couple of restarts and doodling with the position of the ribbon cable, everything was fine.